How Do You Hold Your Chickens

On average what are the main ways you to hold chickens?

  • Hold their whole body, pinning their wings to their sides (the "normal" way)

    Votes: 59 80.8%
  • By their legs, upsidown

    Votes: 3 4.1%
  • By their tail feathers

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Showmanship style

    Votes: 20 27.4%
  • By their wings, one hand holding each wing

    Votes: 2 2.7%
  • Other, please explain below

    Votes: 7 9.6%

  • Total voters
    73
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meat1709

Chirping
5 Years
Sep 24, 2014
16
6
74
New York
I lift them by putting hands around them, holding the wings to their body, then normally tuck her under my arm sometimes with a hand under her feet. they seem most comfortable that way, unless i tickle their feet. this can be a challenge when i have two that insist on being carried to the coop at night
 

rbnk1

Songster
Jul 10, 2017
256
541
247
Clarksville, Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
I pick them up with 2 hands, fingers down, sliding each leg between my fingers, thumbs up over each wing. I bring the hen up next to my chest and pin the inner wind against me and and hold the other wing firmly, football style I guess, feet dangling usually, trying to not put pressure on keel bone(chest). Spoiled chickies :)
 

seraphine

In the Brooder
Oct 16, 2019
11
15
29
I tuck a hen under my armpit with my hand supporting the keel bone (didn't know that's what it's called until this questionnaire). I can carry one under each arm that way. They are very gentle.
 

LikeTurkeys

Songster
Jul 25, 2018
389
630
166
Southern California
I hold them by picking the hen or roo up "the normal way" then turning them on their sides. Seems they struggle less if they are on their sides than not. If they struggle a lot I'll hold their feet with one hand.
 

BabyGirl2

Chirping
Mar 5, 2017
42
80
85
I hold the hens the normal way, but the roosters I hold by their legs upside down just until they calm down then I hold them normally. The Bantams fit in my hand held gentlly against my body
 
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